Travis Rudolph is one of the 40 best recruits in the state of Florida for the 2014 class. Out of West Palm Beach's Cardinal Newman School, Rudolph is a four-star receiver and defensive back. He stands 6'1 and weighs in at 185 pounds. Rudolph claims offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Auburn, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt, among others. He was committed to Miami for several months before recently decommitting. Most recruiting experts believe he is heavily favoring the Florida Gators.
I caught up with Rudolph following the IMG 7-on-7 Southeast Championships.
"7-on-7 helps me out with reading coverages and understanding when to run a route and how to run it efficiently," he said.
Another reporter jumped in and said, "talk about Florida and how they're in the lead for you right now."
"Right now I can't say anyone is in the lead," Rudolph responded. "I didn't touch bases on any other campuses other than Florida and Miami, so right now, nobody is in the lead. Everybody's in the race."
I pressed Rudolph on what he specifically likes about Florida.
"Consistency. And I like how they break things down bit by bit," he said. "In terms of education, and how everything would go with the summer program," Rudolph said, expounding on his comment about the education being broken down bit by bit.
Rudolph says that he is looking for education and the best fit for him outside of the football life.
Rudolph recently picked up an offer from the Clemson Tigers.
"I know Clemson produces a lot of good receivers, like Sammy Watkins, and good freshmen," he said. "And that means that they like to play freshmen, so that means I could go there and play. And an alumni from my school went to Clemson, Jacoby Ford, and he's in the NFL and doing well."
Rudolph plans to take his visits over summer, but isn't yet sure where he'll go. He also told me that prefers to play receiver and not corner.
Rudolph plans to announce his college decision during the Under Armour All-American Game in January.